Re: Blue-Black Cyanotype & Luster

From: Dave Rose ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/04/05-07:34:55 PM Z
Message-id: <006501c5c94c$fd1e5c50$11ac9045@dave6m4323wvj7>

Hi Henk,

The advantage that cyanotype offers over a blue gum image is the increased
print density and sharpness. It provides a good base to print multiple gum
layers over. Cyanotype/gum is a great combination for certain images that
benefit from sharpness in detail and/or a rich blue/green/purple emphasis.

Other subjects work better as straight gum prints. I can't say I like one
method more than the other. They both work well, it depends on the

It takes 5 or more coatings to get a noticeable shine in the shadows when
I'm printing gum. It's a nice effect but it sure is easy to overdo it and
kill a print from too-heavy printing.

We're sitting out the season's first snow storm with high winds and wet
snow. It's another beautiful day in Wyoming.

Here's a photo of my latest acquisition, a 1962 Willys pickup:

Best regards,
Dave Rose

----- Original Message -----
From: "henk thijs" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:29 AM
Subject: Re: Blue-Black Cyanotype & Luster

> Op 4 okt 2005 om 15:18 heeft Dave Rose het volgende geschreven:
> > Try printing a cyanotype/gum combination. Multiple printings with gum
> > will
> > create a luster or sheen, particularly in the shadow areas.
> In that case the question is :
> Why a cyanotype at all ?
> I also tried to tone cyanotypes to try to get some dark-blues, and
> after several tries I just switched to gum with prussianblue (or
> whatever blue) with ebony black (or whatever black). Lots of
> combinations, lots of different dark-blues.
> The luster.........(desirable the appearance in water)..........; apart
> from oil- and bromoil prints I never got a real nice 'luster', and when
> you follow the different threads during 10 years of alt-list , there is
> no real method.
> Bon courage,
> Henk
Received on Tue Oct 4 19:32:30 2005

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